MICKY Adams could return to the loan market as he battles to save Sheffield United from relegation.
The Bramall Lane club are six points adrift of safety after suffering their 19th defeat of the season by Derby County on Saturday.
Despite including four temporary signings in his match day squad, the United manager refused to rule-out the possibility of re-entering the transfer market after watching Theo Robinson’s strike leave his side searching for their first win since December.
“I haven’t been told that I can’t bring anyone else in,” Adams said. “Nobody has come to me and told me that’s not an option.
“So it might be something that I consider.”
Although Scunthorpe defender Rob Jones is understood to feature on his list of potential summer targets, with United languishing 23rd in the table, Adams’ main priority is the short-term.
Wigan Athletic striker Conor Sammon also attracted admiring glances before swapping Kilmarnock for the DW Stadium.
United dominated for long-spells against the visitors from Pride Park with Richard Cresswell, Ched Evans and Bjorn Helge Riise all going close.
But they were unable to break Derby’s stoic resistance as Robinson’s first-half effort left Adams searching for his first victory since replacing caretaker John Carver at the helm.
Riise, Stephen Quinn and Nyron Nosworthy led the charge as United pressed for an equaliser but found Shaun Barker and Daniel Ayala in impressive form.
Derby manager Nigel Clough sympathised with Adams’ predicament as his team climbed eight points clear of the bottom three.
“United gave Micky absolutely everything,” he said. “You couldn’t fault them on that score. As manager’s we are all under pressure. We’ve all experienced bad runs. It’s just unfortunate that it’s Micky and Sheffield United’s turn to have one now.
“But they’ve got to stick together. That’s how you get out of it. And I thought as players they showed they’re ready to do that.”